San Fernando to get a boardwalk
By Stacy Moore Saturday, May 26 2012
WORK is expected to soon begin on the construction of a boardwalk in south Trinidad. So said San Fernando Mayor Marlene Coudray who was yesterday touring the designated area for the boardwalk.
Accompanying the mayor on the tour were members of the city corporation, engineers, an architect and representations of Local Government.
The tour started at King’s Wharf and ended at Lady Hailes Avenue. The boardwalk would be similar to one in Chaguaramas.
At the end of the tour, Coudray speaking with reporters in the vicinity of the Lady Hailes Avenue, following discussions with officials have agreed that it would be the most appropriate location to start the boardwalk. “...it has less challenges to us in terms of other obstructions if you feel the breeze and atmosphere there is a beach behind us here making it the most likely place for it to happen ...”she said.
Coudray said the boardwalk was in the planning stage, and was subject to changes. “the engineering people are going over the design and advising us how it should be done, we feel very hopeful here is where it should start”, Coudray said. She added, that already there have been discussions with the Housing and Environment Minister Roodal Moonilal in relation to relocating the squatters who have built their homes in the designated area.
“ Dr Moonilal already sent it in to the HDC, and we met with Jearleen John last year in terms of the social survey for this area to enable the project. And I know preliminary works were undertaken by the HDC,” she said. she further added, “It is really public spaces that are being utilised in that manner and it does not help the environment, it does not help the people.”
Recently, Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar said the completed first phase of the boardwalk project would seek to create business opportunities , recreation, and social activities.
“we are all hopeful we can do it in a short space of time. We have no estimate at this time, but we are working with the unit rate in Chaguaramas.
“We are more anxious than the people out there to see it happen, and I would really like us to start without delay,” the mayor said.